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7 Tips to Help Your Kids Engage with Media/Entertainment

Apart from throwing our kids into solitary confinement and shoving them meals through a slot in the door, every parent eventually has to make decisions about how to guide their consumption of TV shows, movies, music, YouTube videos, websites, and other media and entertainment options. Even failing to adopt a strategy is, by default, adopting a strategy. But if we’re wanting to take a wise, biblically-shaped approach, we need to do think through some principles that will help us guide our kids as they navigate the sea of popular culture.

We should acknowledge that there’s no flow chart or set of “if/then” statements that we could list that could cover every situation, but the following points should at least steer us in the right direction.

A threat to a good summer

Ah, summer. What good memories I have. The Price is Right at 10 am, lying on the couch, imagining what it would feel like to get to spin the big wheel, make it to Showcase Showdown, and meet Bob Barker. After some lazy television time, I might wander outside for a bit, and then lunch might be a frozen pizza or bologna sandwich. The afternoon would usually involve fun bike rides up and down the street with my brothers and friends.

We made so many brilliant memories and had a great time. What we didn’t have was Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. While we lied on the couch watching television, my mom didn’t check Facebook and see that everyone else had their kids enrolled in an all-day creativity camp or were taking some great trip to the zoo. When we ate our bologna sandwiches and cheese puffs, my mom didn’t have pictures on Instagram of her kids’ friends eating celery sticks, carrots, and cherry tomatoes alongside a nice turkey and lettuce wrap – on a whole wheat tortilla. What has happened to our nice enjoyable relaxing summer?

Darn Facebook. You are ruining my summer life. YOU are the problem.

Or are you?

Monkey See Monkey Do – Screen Time

mom and daughter cell phone

Image courtesy of Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“I feel like I’m just boring. I’m boring my dad because he will take any text, any call, any time, even on the ski lift.”

What a scary thing for any parent to hear a kid say. Would/Could my kids say something similar to this girl? That’s not how I feel about my kids. But does the way I use my cell phone legitimately lead them to think otherwise? What message are we sending to our kids in our text messaging?

What Really Happened?: Stories About Christianity in the Media

If you’re someone who keeps up with the news on a regular basis, you’re bound to run into a story here and there that reportedly contains evidence that either supports or undermines biblical Christianity. While this is particularly true around Easter and Christmas, it’s by no means limited to those times. In fact, just yesterday